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course, it will go further if the movie wins best picture and he wins best director. >> "american hustle" was so much more commercially successful. that seems to matter in these things. >> well, these two pictures have carved out as the front runners for this film. sometimes with the academy, they do like to go and acknowledge a more -- and i don't want to say "american hustle" is an important film, but an important film. this film is that. so i don't know if i'd call it a long shot. i think it has a 50/50 chance on sunday. >> nischelle turner, many thanks. thanks for joining me. i'm carol costello "at this hour with david and michaela starts right now. >> a big announcement that would revolutionize your diet. so what does joe no?
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the surprising report that people in joe biden's inner circle think that hillary clinton will not run for president. recognition has its upside and downside and you may say its backside. partnership pa middleton with words you will never forget about the look you will never forget. ♪ hello, everyone. i'm john berman. michaela is on the road. stories right now at this hour. right now, at the white house you're looking at live pictures. this is where the first lady, michelle obama any minute from now, will be announcing changes to food knew frinutrition label. they are hoping that it will help you make healthy choices. dr. sanjay gupta will show us how serving sizes and calorie counts will get a complete total
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overhaul. elsewhere at the white house, a wchl ary eye on russia. dozens of gunmans at the ukraine southern region and raised a russian flag. you can see it there. ukrainians are bitterly torn between old ties to moscow a a future more closely aligned with the united states and also with the west. a russian warship has docked in havana and cuba. it's reportedly gunned with guns and unlike the previous visit, cuban authorities have not explained this ship's mission. south korea says the north has fired four short-range missiles into the sea. it's not clear if this has anything to do with the south korean and u.s. military exercises going on. pyongyang has complained about the drill. arizona's governor says no to the religious freedom bill
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that would have allowed businesses to close their doors to gays on religious grounds. here's why. >> i have not heard of one example in arizona where a business owner's religious liberty has been violated. the bill is broadly worded and could result in negative consequences. >> several other states are considering similar bills including ohio, missouri. a senator sent out a tweet hours before governor brewer vetoed the bill. dan patrick said, marriage equals one man and one man. enough of these activist judges, he wrote. he realized his error and said marriage recognizes one man and one woman. patrick says he did not personally send the tweet and no one will be fired for the mishap. if you're the kind of person
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constantly reading food labels when you go to the grocery store, this news may change your life, for real. the fda is proposing the first upgrade to nutrition labels in 20 years. the government wants to change what a serving size is and making it easier and make it make more sense. from foodbabe.com, first, sanjay, explain how these food labels are changing. >> yeah. so i wanted to show you that. and also remind you that in 1990s, as you mentioned, when the food labels became mandatory, before that it was voluntary. it's a big shift. basically, the way to characterize this is the information that people are looking for when they look at these labels, they want to emphasize those things that they think are going to be pertinent to one's health. take a look at the proposed one. this is not done yet. this is proposed. the first thing you see right away, calories jumps out at you. 230. that's what people want.
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they also want people to get quickly, added sugar is something because that is a thing we've talked more and more about and its impact on health and also things like vitamin d. many folks are deficient invite minute d. but overall, it's to make things easier to read. overall, john, you look at these numbers and you say it's not so bad but there's eight servings in this one little thing. they want to address that issue as well. if someone is going to eat an entire thing at one sitting, for example, potato chips, they want to make sure that you get the not only per serving information but the whole package. if you're going to eat the whole package, you should have that information, john. >> they are taking the math out of it. people have tried to figure out how many calories they are eating and this doesn't make sense. do you think this will change the way people eat? >> i really don't. i think it adds another layer of
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transparency, especially the add sugar guideline because things like oatmeal, pasta sauce and yogurt, things that you think are healthy, do have a lot of added sugar. it's going to be nice to see that on the label. but what we need to do as a nation is actually address the ingredients in our food supply and the thousands of ingredients that the fda has allowed for several decades but are not reviewing. and a lot of these in chemical ingredients are banned in different countries and linked to these issues that we're facing as a nation. americans really need to move away from looking at the calorie count and really looking at the ingredients that they are purchasing. for example, one of the things we do not know in this country is whether our food has been genetical genetically engineered. over 50 countries have this right and we as u.s. citizens need to have that right. we need to learn more about the food we're putting in our body. >> sanjay, navi is talking about
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the added sugar. explain exactly what that means and what you think when we see that number, when we see it. >> well, it's interesting. because a lot of people don't know, for example, how much sugar is too much. and to vani's point, there's a lot more information that they could potentially provide but part of the problem is people get overwhelmed with this information and they are trying to simplify this. with regard to add sugar, they want to make sure that sugar that has been added into this as opposed to sugar that is just part of the food itself. for example, fruit has a certain amount of sugar in it but doesn't have added sugar in it. some people want to say, how much sugar is that as compared to how much you should be taken at any given day and what you find is that a single serving of many different foods, you will see 2, 300% of what you should be taking. so it's an extra beat. it brings your conscious mind on track for another minute to really figure out what you're eating.
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>> vani, this comes as a big week in nutrition. we learned just yesterday from this study that the obesity rates -- we just lost her but obesity rates among kids 2 to 5 have dropped in a big way over the last ten years. this is the fourth anniversary of the let's move campaign. are we having a moment here? is this a tipping point in american health, do you think? >> i've been doing this job for 12 years. i never get to report good news for obesity. that's probably the first time where we're seeing some definitive, consistent, reliable numbers that shows we've made some improvement. so, yeah, i think it is a bit of a pivot point and all of these things that we talk about, regarding, you know, the amount of time that children should be playing and nutritional advice, it makes some impact. i'll give you one small example. they have labels in fast food restaurants. i don't know how many people actually read the labels but for the people who do, 10 to 20
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calories or so, you'll order less per meal when looking at those labels. it could make a difference. >> i was at an airport with sanjay and sanjay eats obanly es healthy things. he has seen me do it. sanjay, thank you very much. when the first lady makes the announcement, we'll bring it to you live. in the meantime, ahead at this hour, hillary clinton hits the swing states. it sure looks like a campaign but the shocking new report that says key advisers to joe biden do not believe that hillary clinton will run. mine was earned in korea in 1953. afghanistan, in 2009. orbiting the moon in 1971. [ male announcer ] once it's earned, usaa auto insurance is often handed down from generation to generation. because it offers a superior level of protection. and because usaa's commitment to serve current
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in washington at this hour, a birth diesel bracelebration. the tea party movement turns five today. rand paul, mike lee, michele bachmann, are all republicans in tea party favorites. this shakes up the season in 2014 as for 2016, on the democratic side, there are two people making interesting news today. no, neither hillary clinton nor joe biden announced whether they were running for president or not. the vice president gave a surprising revealing interview to "politico" that raises big questions and hillary clinton is out on the road, or is it the trail, with events that sure look like a campaign. in miami yesterday, mrs. clinton was asked, now that she had been out of the government for more than a year and had time to ponder her next move, what did that tbd you see in her twitter
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bio stand for? take a listen to her rely. >> well, i'd really like to. but i have no characters left. i -- i will certainly ponder that. >> no characters left. an unlikely story. let's bring in ana navaro and glenn rush. ana, you were at the hillary clinton event in miami. now, i know you are a republican strategist and are not likely to vote for hillary under any circumstances. but i'm wondering, to your trained political ears, did it sound like she's a candidate? >> actually, it didn't, john. i left there feeling that she was really no better a candidate in 2012 -- you know, in 2014
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than she was in 2008. this was, to put it in context, a paid speech where the crowd was very sympathetic towards her. it was moderated by donna, who was the um president and also a lifelong friend of hillary clinton. she got asked four questions that were hand-picked by donna. the press was nowhere around, nowhere near her and it was a very protected environment. this is very far from what a town hall in new hampshire, iowa, or any of the early primary states look like and, frankly, i was struck sitting there by how much measured, how cautious she was and the fact that she doesn't connect with young people nearly to the same level that her husband did or that barack obama does. they would have had that room vibrating. i found it quite inspirational. >> interesting to hear that. and that may play into what we're going to hear from glenn rush. you wrote an article that went off in "politico" overnight, a
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really, really interesting profile of joe biden. he sat down with him, interviewed him on an amtrack train. and you heard about this retreat that was attended by all sorts of joe biden insiders. and they went to this retreat and the people with joe biden came out saying this. you wrote this. the others at the biden retreat came away feeling that clinton would ultimately decide not to run. but insiders telling you they believe biden -- that hillary clinton would decide not to run. do they really feel that way or is it wishful thinking? >> since i've wrote that, i got a couple of e-mails asking me if there was a lot of smoke in that room and what kind of smoke that might have been. but i really do think there is a sense that both biden and his team have. this comes from biden's personal interactions with then secretary of state clinton. those two had a standing breakfast every tuesday in biden
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and sources close to biden told me that hillary often talked about this white marble prism of the white house and how reluctant she was to go through the same kind of ordeal that she endured in 2008. it's the same kind of thing that ana quickly picked up in hillary's performance down there in florida. look, this is going to be a really tough decision for clinton. i don't think she's made up her mind but i also think that the biden folks are, to some extent, telling themselves what they want to hear. >> ana, at this event last night you were particularly perplexed by be a answer that mrs. clinton gave about venezuela. let's answer look at that right now. >> venezuela is a difficult situation because it is a country that is not being wel
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well-governed but a democracy doesn't just mean an election. >> you had an issue with that, ana? >> yes, listen, i would argue that it's not a democracy and i would guess that the hundreds and thousands of protesters in venezuela would say it's not a democracy. hugo chavez never even swears in, dies a little bit later. this was a complete violation of the constitution. maduro goes up for election, gets elected by 1% in an election that regularities that promised me that donna served this up to her as a softball by saying to her, there's a lot of venezuelans students here. she was cautious and i almost got the feeling that she didn't want to get ahead of the obama
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administration. at no point did she recognize or acknowledge the 16 people that have been killed by maduro in the last two weeks. at no point did she condemn that violence and the killings by the maduro government or ask for that to stop. i was very surprised that she missed an opportunity to hit it out of the ballpark in front of that audience in miami. >> again, let me add that as a republican strategist, you might get different response from the democrats if that audience but finally i want to -- >> i want to hear more of ana. >> in that interview with joe biden and talking to biden's advisers, you picked up some signs to me that seemed like a it abo bit of trash talking about hillary clinton. you said that biden has been telling friends that he think he's the most qualified, a clear reference to clinton according
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to three of them that i talked to. is that trash talking of hillary clinton? >> no. they clashed on foreign policy issues and one of the interesting elements here is, anybody who is going to challenge hillary is going to have to come from the left and biden views himself as more of a progressive candidate than hillary clinton. he's told people that. in fact, one of the most important revelations that i came across is biden feels he's more fundamentally progressive than president obama. to a certain extent, i believe that biden feels he's just as qualified as hillary, although he doesn't have the infrastructure, the money, or the people. >> you said flat out that he feels he's more populous. that's very, very interesting. >> ana, glenn, thank you for being here. please come back often. >> take care. ahead for us at this hour, listen up, men, your biological
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wonderful remarks. chenise, when we heard in the back that you were a grandmother, everybody was like -- really? she's a grandmother? we thought you were a teenager. really. see what eating healthy does. but it's great to have you here. thank you so much for working so hard to keep your family in shape and healthy. we're very proud of you. very proud of you. i also want to thank secretary sebelius and commissioner hamburg for their outstanding leadership as well as your entire teams, it takes a whole lot of people to get all of this done and we are grateful for you all, your leadership, and for their efforts. thank you so much for being here today. [ applause ] and we are also joined by one of my dear friends and a fabulous advocate, rachel ray. rachel who has done so much work
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for let's move. >> yes. >> thank you, rachel. we're going to do something fun shortly, right? you ready? >> yes. >> all right. i'll wear my flat shoes for you. and, of course, i want to thank all of you, the parents, the advocates, the industry leaders who worked so hard to make this day possible. congratulations. this is a good day. it's a great announcement. and back when we first launched let's move four years ago, all of us were driven by a simple belief that parents deserve to make healthy choices their kids and it's nearly impossible to get the most basic facts about the foods we buy for our families. for example, how many of you have, at some point in your life, made a statement that you
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were going to eat better. maybe you wanted to improve your family's nutrition. maybe there were health issues in your family that required you to watch what you ate. whatever the reasons, you only bought foods that you believed that would be good for you and your kids. so you marched into the supermarket, you picked up a can or box of something, you squinted at the little, tiny label and you were totally and utterly lost. so there you stood alone in some i'll in a store, the clock ticking away at the little precious time to complete your weekly grocery shopping and all you could do was scratch your head, confused and bewildered and is this too much sugar in this product? it's 50% of the daily allowance of rifoflavin a good or bad
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thing? and how on earth could this teeny little package contain five whole servings. the worries running through your head when all you wanted to know was, should you be eating this or not, is this good for my kids or not? and if it is healthy, how much of if should i be eating? but unless you had a calculator, a microscope, or a degree in nutrition, you were out of luck. so you felt defeated. and you just gave up and went back to buying the same stuff you always buy. and that's a familiar scenario for far too many families and parents trying to do the right thing for their kids and it's simply not acceptable. as consumers and as parents, we have a right to understand what's in the food we're feeding our families, because that's really the only way that we can make informed choices. by having clear and accurate
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information and today that's what the announcement is all about. as you've heard today, for the first time since the nutrition label was developed two decades ago, we are overhauling these labels to make them easier to read and understand. and this is a major undertaking involving folks from across the country, from the fda to the food industry and advocates throughout communities in this country. because a lot has changed in the past 20 years. just consider all of the new information we've learned about nutrition and healthy eating during that time period. not to mention, this label appears on roughly 700,000 products. but in the end, our guiding principle here is simple. that you as a parent and a consumer should be able to walk into a grocery store, pick an item off the shelf and tell whether it's good for your
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family. to achieve this go-- >> we're listening to michelle obama talk about proposed changes to the food labels. this is going to include changing things from how many calories are in a serving side to how many calories in a package. there's going to be more realistic serving sizes. these are very big changes for anyone who looks at food labels and the first lady is making it clear, this is easier to read and easier to make healthy choices. dr. sanjay gupta has been listening with me. she said, we go to these stores and wonders is 50% of the rivoflavan a good or bad thing. >> he's right on that. i'm a doctor who pays attention to this kind of thing. it's like calculus for a lot of people. they would as soon have somebody do that for them. one, i think it's going to be
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easier to read. and the numbers that you really want to know, you see quickly. calories, 230. calories from fat, calories from something else and you have to do the math. how many calories is in this? and the other thing that is interesting is you see a reflection of the way that americans eat. right? so if you take a look at a carton of ice cream, they would say 12 servings in this little carton of ice cream but we know that really people can eat that in four or five servings. so let's just be honest about what a serving is in america today and show that. now, this is proposed, john. this is not done. there's a 90-day open comment period on this and you can be sure that both citizen advocate groups as well as the food industry is going to weigh in on this. >> the key is, how many calories are in this package that i'm really about to eat, not some serving size that was made up by somebody 20 years ago. it's making it easier to understand. dr. sanjay gupta, thank you. do not forget to make an
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all right. so we've seen how the brutal weather has caused problems on the ground and in the air. now we're seeing what it's doing on the water. some rivers are big, static lakes of ice. look at this. these ice jams could be very, very dangerous. especially when it starts to get warmer. our ted rowlands is at an ice jam on the kankankee river about an hour from chicago. ted, that is an amazing, amazing sight behind you. >> reporter: dangerous job but gorgeous. you don't see this very often. this a massive ice jam on the kankankee river. you can see as far as the eye can see these massive boulders of ice that were formed over the last few days. we had a warmup in the midwest and that broke the ice initially and then, of course, we got the deep freeze back and that's what you're looking at.
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when this stuff starts to move, get out of the way because it takes out everything. it takes out trees, earth, anything in its way. you're starting to see it here in kankankee, actually. you can see it along the side of the river here. there are homes and the ice jam is coming dangerously close to some of these homes. joe joe broad well, they call him the mayor here on the little stretch of the kankankee river, he's here with his cat slayer. you've been here your entire life and you've never seen anything like this. give us an idea of what is happening with your home here along the banks. >> hey, i'm really scared. we're on the banks of the river here. it goes down 20 feet and you're seeing it 20 feet on top of the water here. >> reporter: and your house is right here? >> this is my home. that's how close it is. if the ice gets any higher, it's going to destroy everything in its path and we have all kinds
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of good people here in cottage grove and we pray -- we're all family down here on the river and we pray for everybody. >> reporter: jojo is saying the noise from this heist is moving, it's incredible. >> it's like dynamite. it's like dynamite. it will wake you up. you think a bomb is going off. >> reporter: and look at these trees out here in the middle of this area. these were trees up on the bank that the ice came and ripped apart when it was on the move. >> yes. it's taken everything. you can see barrels. you see a boat over there across the river that was on the bank. it just takes everything. trees. you'll never know what you'll see floating down the river after this is all over with. >> reporter: i heard a crack. you can hear it, too. >> you can hear it. the warm weather dredging across the way is underneath here and you can hear it popping and cracking. it's really scary. >> reporter: scary. i tell you, we're out here. it is a beautiful area, an extraordinary sight to see.
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>> when you see those pictures and you hear it's like dynamite and you can see the trees just strewn about, is there anything that you can do to protect your house? obviously we wish everyone well there. >> reporter: no. if the ice is on the move, you're in trouble. now, the other part of the equation is when the ice melts, if it melts too quickly, you're going to have some of the ice jam and then the water buildup which is going to create flooding. that you can put out sandbags and move your furniture but -- >> ain't no sandbags are going to stop 100 tons of ice. >> reporter: you're going to take slayer and -- >> we're going to jump in a pickup truck and we're gone. everything else is material but me and my cat, that's all that matters. everything else can be replaced. >> good luck to you. >> good luck to everyone there. ted rowlands' stunning, stunning images behind him there. appreciate it. president obama is preparing
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to launch what will be his life long commitment. the word is this is what he will plan to focus on after he is president. his main job after this one. it's an initiative called my brother's keeper and it focuses on opportunities for young men of color, specifically, black and hispanic men. don lemon is joining us. just hours away from the president's big announcement on this. what do you expect? >> reporter: we expect the president to come out around 3:25, 3:30 to announce this major initiative and it's called my brother's keeper. it's going to be modeled on a wildly successful mentoring programs across the country. they are looking at successful programs. one like bam, which is being a ma'am, or becoming a man, i should say, from chicago. the president went to visit them last year, a scheduled visit to d chicago. he went to visit them, a group of young men in this program and he was really affected by it. he wanted to take this program,
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model it across the country. i got a chance to meet some of these young men bwho are going o be here at the white house and they describe what it means to be a man. listen. >> what does becoming a man mean? what does that mean to you? >> it basically means like it's time to grow up, leave behind the childish things, becoming a man, basically, stop being childish. persevering. >> take responsibility and deal with your things. deal with your actions and whatever the outcome is, you've got to accept it. >> reporter: so these young men, the young men from around the country, business leaders, philanthropic leaders will also be at the white house today. $150 million has been given to this program and they are hoping to get $200 million more for
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that program in the next five years to help young men of color. john? >> don, obviously president obama is the first black american president. one of the ironies is that he has received criticism by some in the african-american community for not focusing more on issues that they believe are critical inside communities. unemployment among african-americans, twice as high as white unemployment, crime, issues like that. are these programs, in a way, an answer to that criticism? >> reporter: well, you know, even the congressional black caucus has criticized the president about that. people have been critical of the president and maybe this was a way, as you phrase in your question, to kind of make up for that and she said, listen, we tackled unemployment, saved the auto industry, health care and on and on. those were issues that helped young black men as well. as you have said, young black men especially fall either at the top or bottom of categories,
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black unemployment or incarceration rates dropping out of school and what have you. one in three black men born today are black children, black boys born today can expect to spend some time in prison. 80% in major cities of black men will have a criminal record. so these are not good numbers. but the president was affected by what happened to trayvon martin and the george zimmerman verdict and started to speak more honestly and more candor about young black men in america and the challenges that they face and i think those incidents preaccept stated this and now the president wants to try this issue around the country that's working in so many cities. >> it seems like something he wanted to focus in his second term and now we learn beyond. don lemon, thank you for coming on. appreciate it. ahead for us at this hour, when does the dress fit too
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time now for our "at this hour" hot flash. michaela is on the road so cnn's ashleigh banfield, the host of "legal view" is here to set us straight. a selfie started a war on social media. it show as ft. carson soldier avoiding a flag salute during the ceremony. the caption even says that's what she's doing. she says, that's me laying back in the car so i don't have to salute the 1700 flack, the 5:00 flag. this is getting a lot of blow back, a lot of nasty comments. the army is now investigating. >> as it should. i don't want her on my wall. are you kidding me? isn't this entire organization based on honor, loyalty,
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respect? call me crazy, but i earned my citizenship and i respect it. >> she also goes on and make as video saying that she's a respectful soldier. she thinks people are misinterpreting it. i think i can understand the anger among people, including you. i think there's one lesson that we can all agree on, which is instagram, social media, it's a bad place to post things. >> dumb, dumb, dumb. all i can say, we already know how soldiers have made big, dumb moves, putting stupid photographs out there that have risked the lives of other soldiers. this is not going to risk anyone's lives, but maybe her. not cool. red light cameras, the ones that have busted you when you go through intersections, seven states have banned them and more could follow. critics say they are a big invasion of privacy and they are more about making money than
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keeping people say. ashleigh ban field, what say you. >> i don't like them personally because i tend to go fast and skip that orange light. but they find that they are causing more accidents. so if the purpose was supposed to be safety-based and ended up being pretty much revenue-based, they bring in a lot of dough. >> if they are not working, i can understand that. at the same time, you're not supposed to speed. you're making this agreement, i know if i get caught, i get caught. >> the people who come out and say, my privacy is an issue. hey, you're out on a public street and you have a public license on a public taxpayers' road. >> respect my right to break the law while speeding. this final one is something that you have to look at again, again, and again. it's a shocking admission from pippa. so you remember the dress? she wore it to her sister's wedding in 2011. people said, wait a second, who
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are we supposed to be looking at? pippa is saying that that dress fit, quote, a little too well. >>le alexander mcqueen dress. i know you knew that, right? >> i don't know who made it but i like it. >> it's quite a dress. >> why is everybody to whacked out that she said it fit well. yes, she was stunning. yes, she upstaged the bride. okay. >> she said this. she said this at an event, recognition has an upside, a downside, and also its backside. so also she has a sense of humor. all right. thank you so much, ashleigh banfield. "legal view" starts at the top of the hour. we'd love you to tweet us. our twitter handle is @thishour. it's a good one. all right. we do have breaking news to tell you about at this hour.
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we have just learned that attorney general eric holder is at the hospital after experiencing faintness and shortness of breath. he's at the washington hospital for further examination. eric holder is at the hospital after experiencing some shortness of breath. more on this story right after the break. mine was earned in korea in 1953. afghanistan, in 2009. orbiting the moon in 1971. [ male announcer ] once it's earned, usaa auto insurance
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welcome back everyone. our breaking news at this hour, attorney general eric holder is in the hospital after experiencing faintness and shortness of breath. he's at the medstar washington hospital center for further evaluation. he's alert. he's resting. want to find out more now from our justice reporter. what do you know? >> hi, john. this news just came in from the justice department. at about 9:30 this morning the attorney general was having his normal meeting with staff -- with high level staff at the justice department when he experienced some faintness of breath. and just out of precaution they took him to the hospital. he's still in the hospital right now. he's resting. he's talking to his doctors. he seems to be okay. obviously there's been a bit of a scare for him.
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he's normally a pretty healthy guy. so this is quite a surprise turn for this to happen this morning. >> a 63-year-old man, probably the closest friend that president obama has in the cabinet. he's married, his wife sharon, he's got three children. what's his schedule like on a day-to-day basis? he's now in second term as attorney general. there had been a great deal of speculation that he would not serve this long, yet he's given no indication that he's ready to leave yet. >> well, that's right. i mean, this is, you know, a grueling job. he's up probably before dawn every morning. he stays up late at night. he's a late-night kind of guy, e-mailing aides and staff late into the evening. and then he's up early in the morning reading some of the briefs before he heads down to the fbi and gets, you know, some of the latest -- what the latest threats are on terrorism and so on. some of the biggest cases that they have going. so it is a pretty long day that he has. and as you said there's been a
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lot of speculation as to how long he was going to stay in the job. he says that he wasn't intending to serve all two terms of president obama. he told us in an interview in november that he expected to stay well into this year in the office. so there's a lot of speculation that perhaps later this summer we might find out of his plans to leave. but he does say he loves his job. it's the best job he's ever had. and he's defied a lot of skeptic who is thought he wouldn't last this long. >> and he's in the news, evan, almost every day. over the last few weeks alone on the issue of marijuana in states saying the federal government will not impose federal laws in states that have legalized marijuana. just this week on issues particularly concerning gay rights he said the state attorney general should not have to defend laws that they do not feel are constitutional. so he has a lot going on. a lot of balls in the air at the justice department. if he's in the hospital for a day or two, or maybe more here,
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and we don't have any reason to believe that just now, again, he's alert. but when he is not around, who runs the show there? the deputy attorney general? >> right. james coal, who is the deputy attorney general is now probably the person who's in charge if the attorney general is not, you know, capable of carrying out the office. we don't know that any of that has happened chl he's just at the hospital. it's not far away. but it is probably something that he might maybe take a few days after to recuperate to make sure everything is okay. now, as you said, the attorney general holder has been in the news a lot. he's been working on everything related to gay rights to civil rights issues. he's been very active building a pretty big legacy on this issue after going through a lot of controversy, some tough periods in his first four years in office. >> and again, we should say we have no reason to believe this is anything other than precautionary. he's at the hospital. he's alert. his aides say he is talking to doctors.
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just off the top of my head i can think of governor chris christie who in his first term was rushed to the hospital experiencing a similar thing. harry reid, the senate majority leader at the hospital at one point experiencing the same sort of thing. we certainly hope attorney general eric holder recovers and gets back on his feet and back on the job as soon as possible. evan perez, thank you so much for being with us. we really appreciate it. much more on this as it develops throughout the day. thanks for joining us at this hour. "legal view" with ashleigh banfield starts right after the break. r dream it, purina pro plan can help him achieve it. ♪ driving rock/metal music stops ♪music resumes music stops ♪music resumes [announcer] purina pro plan's bioavailable formulas deliver optimal nutrient absorption. [whistle] purina pro plan. nutrition that performs. this is the first power plant in the country
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i'm ashleigh banfield in new york city. and we are getting late-breaking word that the attorney general of the united states, eric holder, is right now in the hospital. this because apparently earlier today he was experiencing symptoms of shortness of breath and faintness. so he was